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Chicago State Street - That Great Street
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© Christine Till
State Street is a large south-north street in Chicago, Illinois, USA and its south suburbs. At turn of the 19th to the 20th century a tourist said about it: "You take you life in your hands when you attempt crossing State Street with its endless stream of rattling wagons and clanging trolley cars. New York does not for a moment compare with Chicago in the roar and bustle and bewilderment of its street life." Pedestrians, street cars, and horse-drawn carts and carriages all shared the road in this early 20th century review of "State Street, that great street." Since then, the historic corridor has maintained its reputation as one of Chicago's most visited streets.
State Street was, and continues to be, one of the main avenues of traffic and commerce in the center of Chicago's central business district, the Loop. Recognized as Chicago's original "Main Street", State Street went through extensive renovations in the mid-1990s that spurred a renewed interest in business, real estate, entertainment and tourism in the area. State Street became a shopping destination and is referred to in the song "Chicago," sung by Frank Sinatra where Frank refers it to "State Street, that great street."
The historic Chicago Theatre is also located on State Street. It was lit by Commercial Light Company in 1958, making it - according to the Chicago Tribune - the brightest thoroughfare in the world.
November 20th, 2012
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